Let the Family Medicine Center at Brookhaven be your family doctor.
The Family Medicine Center provides a wide range of services dedicated to meeting the health care needs of families – from adolescents to adults. Located directly across from Brookhaven Hospital, the Center also is home base for Brookhaven's Family Medicine Residency Program, whose resident physicians see patients at the Center under the guidance and supervision of staff physicians.
Skilled, caring and compassionate, our physicians specialize in caring for the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their patients and their families. Brookhaven Family Medicine physicians know how your family's health history and situation can affect your health, and are trained in all major medical areas – and have subspecialty training in Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Sports Medicine – to care for you through all the stages of your life. Our physicians know when to treat you and when to refer you to a specialist you can trust.
At the Family Medicine Center, we can diagnosis and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases, provide annual checkups, age-appropriate screenings and vaccinations. Our services include:
- Comprehensive General and Preventative Medicine for men and women, such heart disease prevention and cancer screenings, Pap smears and cryosurgery, skin lesion and tag removal, as well as counseling on diet and exercise – and more.
- Adolescent Medicine, from well visits, urgent and primary care for youth with chronic conditions to school physical and sport pre-participation exams.
- Geriatric Medicine for elderly individuals whose organ systems and immune systems may be diminishing due to their age.
- Diabetic Education with individualized instruction on home glucose monitoring, dietary and medication management, and reducing the risks of long-term complications.
- On-site Laboratory Services.
Having a Family Medicine primary healthcare provider allows you to establish a trusting relationship with our medical professionals, maintain continuity in personal healthcare and move from crisis-oriented or acute healthcare toward preventative care and health promotion and maintenance activities.
We’re here to care for your family. For your convenience, our office is open 6 days a week with late hours most nights. While we encourage you to make an appointment, walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule your appointment, please call 631-475-6900. In addition, Brookhaven Family Medicine has three satellite offices. Download your patient forms to help get you started. New to the Family Medicine Center? Click here.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the Greek physician considered to be the father of modern medicine. The philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts. He identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit.
Osteopathic physicians (DOs) practice a "whole person" approach to medicine, and they have a special passion for preventive healthcare. Instead of simply treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole. They receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system – your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two thirds of its body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways an injury or illness in one part of your body can affect another part of it.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated in the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage your body's natural tendency toward good health. By combining all available medical procedures with OMT, DOs offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
MDs and DOs are very similar in that applicants to both DO and MD medical colleges are required to have a four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis on scientific courses. Both DOs and MDs complete four years of basic medical education. After medical school, both DOs and MDs can choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine – such as surgery, family practice or psychiatry – after completing a residency program (typically two to six years of additional training). Both DOs and MDs must pass comparable state licensing exams. DOs and MDs both practice in fully accredited and licensed healthcare facilities.
Which insurance companies do you bill?
We accept and bill most major insurance plans as a regular service to our patients. All we ask is that you present your insurance card at each visit so that we can verify the correct billing for your visit. We currently accept:
- Beech Street
- Blue Cross
- Choice Care
- Empire Plan
- Great West
- Metracomp/First Health
- National Health Plan
- National Prefer Provider Network (Medadvantage)
- RR Medicare
- Three Rivers
- United Healthcare
- USA Health Network
- Workers Compensation Insurance Plans
What if I need to see a specialist?
You and your primary care physician together will determine the need to see a consulting specialist. It would be helpful and save valuable time for you to become familiar with your insurance plan and its requirements for referrals to specialists.
Do you take Medicare Assignment?
All providers here at Brookhaven Family Medicine are participating providers within the Medicare program. We accept and bill Medicare for you. You are responsible for any deductibles or coinsurance portions.
What does "contracted" and "allowable" mean?
A "contracted" insurance means that we have agreed to the particular insurance company's fee schedule for payment of services. "Allowable" is just another term used for this. Although we accept the insurance allowable, there is usually a portion, percentage, deductible or copay that the patient is still responsible for.
When is payment expected from the patient?
We expect payment at the time of service. If we are on contract with an insurance company, we expect the patient's portion of our fee, copay or deductible at the time of service. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover and MasterCard as payment options.
Do you charge interest on patient balances?
No, we do not charge interest on patient balances.
What is the best number to call with questions?
For questions regarding benefits coverage, please check with your insurance company or with your employer's benefit representative or personnel office. For questions about Brookhaven Family Medicine services, call 631-475-6900 during regular business hours.
We provide integrated services with psychiatrists and social workers, including evaluations, medication management and individual and group therapy. Low-cost individual sessions are available available under the guidance of Dr. Mary Thomas. Individual counseling is a powerful tool for growth and change. Call 631-475-6900 for more information.